The Ministry of Environment through the Rwanda Environmental Management Agency (REMA) has launched the Rwanda Cooling Initiative and Green On-Wage, a project that will help Rwandans access affordable cooling machines.
Eligible employees, whether working in the public or private sectors, can apply for a loan from the banks under the scheme, and be able to purchase new refrigeration equipment that has been certified by the Ministry of Environment through the National Environmental Management Authority (REMA).
The program is also in partnership with the United Nations Environment Program (U4E) and the Basel Agency for Sustainable Energy.
Juliet Kabera, Rwanda Environmental Management Authority CEO, said that affordable cooling machines are important in impacting the welfare of the Rwandans and people should adapt to various cooling systems.
“Even though we encourage people to use natural cooling technology, there are other cooling technologies,” she said.
Cooling initiative and R-COOL GO programs seek to help Rwandans access refrigerators or Air Conditioning Systems through loans in their banks.
Brian Holuj, Project Manager, U4E at the launch said that no country or organization alone can solve the incredible environmental challenges, but by working together with unique strengths and creativity they can unlock transformational solutions.
“Since 2018, when we launched the Rwanda Cooling Initiative, known as R-COOL. In just over a year, for example, R-COOL produced and the cabinet adopted an award-winning National Cooling Strategy which serves as our roadmap, and includes an array of recommendations to pursue refrigeration and indoor cooling more sustainably,” he added.
The launch of R-COOL GO is an important step in the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals based on the National Cooling Strategy, which has been set up as a special way to monitor the implementation of the Convention of Montreal in Kigali in 2016.